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  • I found all of this and more in a program offered by the University of Virgina
  • They cooked fresh fairs from each port of call, and the fruit (I was in the carribean) was always delicious

    • by Jeni
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      In 2007, I was looking for an affordable cruise that combines fun, new exciting places, uniques educational perspective on the history of the destinations and an opportunity to meet friends for a lifetime. I found all of this and more in a program offered by the University of Virgina: A Semester at Sea.

      This programs offers full college semesters at sea, as well as seminars that last for 10-14 days on a luxurious cruise ship that is the fastest non-military ship in the entire world. The ship is designed to sail around the world in 4 months. The capactiy is small (around 500 passesngers), and the rooms are


      also small, but what is lacking in space is made up for in luxury. The rooms are absolutely beautiful, with beautiful tiled bathrooms and mobile shower heads. The closet in each room is large and can hold a good amonut of clothes. The beds are comfortable enough, the halls and staircases are beautiful with mirrored panels with a message that goes from the top floor down to the bottom. The pool onboard is probably one drawback, it is quite small, but the upperdeck is quite beautiful with the fully stocked bar, dining and dancing room.

      The staff is quite friendly and extremely helpful. My luggage ...


      • got lost in the bahamas (see another review of the bahamas airline, BahamaAir) and they worked hard to get the luggage to our first port.

        The food-EXQUISITE!!! They cooked fresh fairs from each port of call, and the fruit (I was in the carribean) was always delicious! Three buffet style meals throughout the days with the exception of catered events for the welcome, New Years, and last night made it possible to eat until your heart (and stomach is content). A featured chocolate night featured beautiful scupltured in the delecatable meduim, a fountain of rich chocolate and other delightul tidbits. A bar-b-que leaving port with ribs,

        steak, hotdogs, and hamburgers on the top deck on a cloudless night with a cool breeze off the water is dining in heaven.

        The people on board become like a family. With only 550 people on a smaller cruise ship for 10 days, you become more intimate with people and build a small community to share the adventures with.

        The only bad side I warn you of is that because the cruise ship is small, sea sickness is inevitable. Eat bread, and lots of it, on full days at sea. For $1600 for a room on a mid deck room with a large window, all meals, 5 ports-of-call, is money well spent!




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